Simple Strawberry Shortcakes – tangy and fantastic.

From Bon Appetit


6 servings
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
1½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ cup plus 1 tsp. sugar, divided
1½ tsp. kosher salt, plus more
1 lemon
½ cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter
1 cup sour cream, divided
2 cups heavy cream, divided
1½ lb. strawberries
1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Step 1

    Place a rack in center of oven; preheat to 400°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk 2 cups flour, 1½ tsp. baking powder, ¼ tsp. baking soda, 4 tsp. sugar, and 1½ tsp. salt in a large bowl to combine.

  2. Step 2

    Finely grate zest of about half of 1 lemon right into bowl (reserve lemon for later).

  3. Step 3

    Cut 1 stick cold butter into ½” pieces and toss with dry ingredients until coated. Work butter into dry ingredients by pinching and rubbing it between your palms until there are lots of flat shards and pea-sized bits remaining. Those small, uneven pieces of unincorporated butter create steam pockets as the shortcakes bake, resulting in a tender, flaky end result.

  4. Step 4

    Combine 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup heavy cream (plus 1/8 cup milk) in a medium bowl. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Scrape cream mixture into well. Working in circles from inside the well outwards with a rubber spatula, mix dough until large, shaggy clumps form.

  5. Step 5

    Knead once or twice (don’t overdo it!) until it forms a mass and most of the flour has been incorporated into the dough.

  6. Step 6

    Transfer to a lightly floured surface. Pat to a 1″-thick square (it should be about 6×6″).

  7. Step 7

    Cut dough into 4 equal squares, then stack them all on top of each other, creating one very tall tower of dough. Press down on stack with your hands, flattening dough back to a square. This stacking method is what will create lots of flaky layers. Pat to a 7½x5″ rectangle about 1″ thick.

  8. Step 8

    Cut rectangle in half lengthwise, then cut each of those 2 rectangles into 3 squares. Transfer squares to prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle tops with 1 Tbsp. sugar. Freeze 10 minutes. (This will help ensure that the shortcakes rise—rather than spread out—in the oven.). ( I did not find this necessary, but I worked quickly so that the butter did not get too soft, but think the freezer step a good idea. )

  9. Step 9

    Bake shortcakes until golden brown all over, 20–25 minutes.

  10. Step 10

    While shortcakes bake, make your strawberries and whipped cream. If whipping cream by hand, place a large bowl in freezer to chill. Trim and discard stems of 1½ lb. strawberries. Cut smaller ones in half and larger ones into quarters. Transfer to a medium bowl. Cut reserved lemon in half and squeeze 2 Tbsp. lemon juice into bowl with strawberries. Add 3 Tbsp. sugarand toss to combine. Let sit at room temperature, tossing occasionally as you wait for the shortcakes. They will naturally create their own syrup through the mingling of the fruit juices with the sugar and lemon juice. ( I added more sugar and the lemon juice really makes a tangy taste difference )

  11. Step 11

    Pour remaining 1⅔ cups heavy cream into chilled bowl. Add 1 tsp. vanilla, 3 Tbsp. sugar, and a pinch of salt. Vigorously whisk with your largest whisk, making figure-8 motions, until soft peaks form. This will take 3–5 minutes of good ol’ elbow grease—but don’t be discouraged if it takes longer! If you’re not feeling up to the challenge, use an electric mixer and beat starting at low speed, gradually increasing to high as cream begins to thicken. You’re still looking for those nice, slightly floppy, soft peaks. Whisk in remaining ¼ cup sour cream until just incorporated.  ( I have done bad things like getting real whipped cream in a can before… )

  12. Step 12

    Let shortcakes cool at least 15 minutes. Gently split shortcakes in half with your hands. Place bottom halves in serving bowls. Divide whipped cream, then macerated strawberries among bottom halves. Drizzle any syrupy juices left in bowl over. Close with top halves of shortcake.

  13. Step 13

    Marvel at your creation. Serve and enjoy!  These were the best shortcakes, best strawberry shortcake I have ever had.  These were fantastic!


April 2000, Colorado Springs

I found that a HUGE deer mouse was living in my garage.  The garage door had broken and provided a 3.5 inch clearance at one side.  I have since fixed, but it provided a haven for this mouse to drag food into a very protected environment.

This mouse was about 6 inches long, excluding his tail, which was at least 5 inches in itself.  NO he was not a RAT.  He had a furry tail.  I discovered him one evening when opening the interior garage door and having this mouse look up at me then waddle off.  I stared in disbelief because he was hurrying as fast as he could.  What a porker!

He discovered my bird seed up on a shelf, God knows how he pulled that hulk up there, so I placed the only trap I had with me, one of those sticky glue traps.

Monday night I check and I got him.  Geeez he is big, so I go get my leather gloves to take him off the shelf.  Grasping him around the body, he doubles over like a snake and bites my thumb piercing my heavy leather glove.  Well chucka Mouse became airborn and bounced off the cement wall on the other side of the garage.  He appeared to be quite dazed while still stuck on in the trap.  Meantime blood is pouring off my thumb.

Well now I am panicked thinking I just got rabies, Hanta virus, whatever…. My wife calls the doctor who proceeds to go down the list of symptoms to watch in me.  Meanwhile I find some channel lock pliers and carefully grab the sticky pad holding the dazed Mousezilla, and put into a cardboard box and set it outside the garage on the railroad tie retaining wall by the driveway.

Returning inside, my wife then asks me if I feel dizzy and nauseous.  “WHAT!?”, I say, “No!”.  

“Well the good news,” she says, “is that it appears that they don’t carry rabies and Hanta is pretty rare, but you need a Tetnus shot sometime in the next two days.  And if my thumb falls off, call the doctor immediately.”

“WHAT?!” Doctor has some sense of humor…  not well appreciated.

The bite is healing quite well, I sometimes think I feel dizzy.

I went to check out the box holding Mousezilla yesterday.  There is this big hole in the lid and inside the box is the trap covered in hair, but no mouse.  

There is now a bald butted, flat headed, GIANT Mousezilla roaming around my yard probably eating snakes and giving out the rabies he got from biting me.  Woh be to you if you come upon a bald butted, flat headed Giant Mousezilla, with a dazed stare, foaming at the mouth, while you clean out your garage…..

I think I will go lay down, I am feeling a bit dizzy….